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Ocean Rig, Petrobras ink deal on two UDW drillships

Ocean Rig UDW Inc has signed a $1.1 billion three-year contract with Petrobras to extend a lease on two ultra-deepwater drillships.

Lamprell to deliver Mercury rig to Lukoil in Caspian Sea

Lamprell has completed the construction of the second Caspian Sea jackup drilling rig, the Mercury.

 

 

Chevron drillship Pacific Sharav arrives in Gulf of Mexico

Chevron Corp. reports that the deepwater drillship Pacific Sharav has arrived in the Gulf of Mexico to work under a five-year contract with Pacific Drilling.

Songa Offshore SE provides Songa Dee SPS update

Songa Offshore SE says that the scope of work for the Songa Dee special periodic survey has progressed according to plan, including the budget of 60 days and $90 million.

COSCO offers update on Sevan 650 drilling unit

COSCO Corp. (Singapore) Ltd. reports that COSCO (Qidong) Offshore Co. Ltd. and Sevan Drilling Rig VI Pte. Ltd. (shipowner) have agreed to defer delivery date of Sevan Developer for 12 months, with options exercisable at six-month intervals, to extend the delivery date up to a total of 36 months from Oct. 15.

Industry shows renewed interest in float-over installation-full

Float-over installation has become an attractive alternative to heavy-lift crane installation for offshore construction, as increasing size and weight of offshore platform topsides continually exceed the lifting capacity of cranes. Dockwise Ltd. analyzed topsides installation trends from 2005 to 2012, and found that the demand for cost-effective and more flexible alternatives to crane installations has been the driving force behind float-over installation using semisubmersible heavy transport vessels.

Offshore at 60: The Blue Water breakthrough

In January 1962, a strange contraption under lease to Shell Oil, called the Blue Water 1, spudded a record-setting offshore well in 297 ft (91 m) of water in the Gulf of Mexico. The maiden voyage of the Blue Water 1 took place a month before NASA astronaut John Glenn became the first person to complete an orbit of the earth. Both missions revealed a newfound human ability to explore frontiers beyond the comfort of terra firma. On Aug. 14, 1962, Shell Oil dramatically disclosed the details of its new "floating drilling platform."

KD consortium wins offshore Mozambique FLNG FEED

Eni East Africa has contracted the KD consortium of KBR and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering for front-end engineering and design (FEED) for an FLNG facility.

Prelude turret sets new standards for size, capability

Shell's Prelude FLNG project offshore northwestern Australia continues to push the technology boundaries with a number of "firsts." The mooring turret system for the vessel is no exception. At almost 100 m (328 ft) in height, it is the largest in the world. This part of the system weighs 4,300 metric tons (4,740 tons) alone. The turret construction contract is held by Drydocks World and consists of five parts, all to ship from Dubai to Geoje, South Korea.

USCG's path forward: A unitary regulatory approach to industry on the OCS

Over the last year, the US Coast Guard (USCG) has focused on normalizing the regulatory sphere on the outer continental shelf (OCS) by making a concerted effort to give industry definitive parameters.

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